Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

New College Fellows

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

Current Data

There were 3,134 new fellows of medical colleges in 2012. Of these 1,402 or 44.7% were female (Table 4.40). Just over one-fifth (676 or 21.6%) were overseas trained specialists who were assessed as having qualifications comparable with specialists trained by the medical college in Australia and given fellowship of that college.

Table 4.40: New fellows: Total, females and overseas trained specialists by medical specialty, 2012
Medical specialty
Total
Proportion all new fellows
(%)
Females
Proportion
female
(%)
Overseas
trained
specialists
Proportion
overseas
trained (%)

(a) Excludes 107 new fellows awarded fellowship but living overseas.
(b) Excludes 6 new Fellows with an overseas mailing address.
(c) Excludes 50 new female fellows awarded fellowship but living overseas.
(d) Indicates 348 FAEGs awarded fellowships.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicine
4
0.1
1
25.0
0
0.0
Adult medicine
456
14.6
182
39.9
47
10.3
Anaesthesia
229
7.3
95
41.5
50
21.8
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
19
0.6
3
15.8
na
na
Dermatology
20
0.6
13
65.0
3
15.0
Emergency medicine
135
4.3
61
45.2
16
11.9
General practice - RACGP
(a)1,216
38.8
(c)618
50.8
(d)348
28.6
General practice - ACRRM
63
2.0
20
31.7
8
12.7
Intensive care
63
2.0
7
11.1
3
4.8
Medical administration
19
0.6
8
42.1
4
21.1
Obstetrics and gynaecology
81
2.6
44
54.3
29
35.8
Occupational and environmental medicine
4
0.1
2
50.0
0
0.0
Ophthalmology
38
1.2
11
28.9
13
34.2
Paediatrics
146
4.7
94
64.4
23
15.8
Palliative medicine
16
0.5
9
56.3
1
6.3
Pathology
70
2.2
39
55.7
14
20.0
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
29
0.9
15
51.7
0
0.0
Psychiatry
136
4.3
72
52.9
32
23.5
Public health medicine
7
0.2
4
57.1
2
28.6
Radiation oncology
20
0.6
9
45.0
4
20.0
Radiodiagnosis
115
3.7
36
31.3
33
28.7
Rehabilitation medicine
26
0.8
15
57.7
0
0.0
Sexual health medicine
3
0.1
1
33.3
0
0.0
Sport and exercise medicine
2
0.1
1
50.0
0
0.0
Surgery
(b)217
6.9
42
19.4
46
21.2
Total
3,134
100.0
1,402
44.7
676
21.6

Data on the state or territory in which new fellows resided are shown in Table 4.41. The total number of new fellows is lower than shown in Table 4.40 as it does not include those currently living overseas.

Table 4.41: New fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2012
Medical specialty
NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Aust

(a) Australian totals differ from the sum of state/territory numbers due to the inclusion of new fellows who completed their training overseas.
(b) Excludes new fellows from overseas.
(c) Excludes 13 overseas trained specialists.
(d) Total differs from Table 4.40 due to the exclusion of new fellows from overseas in intensive care, medical administration and ophthalmology.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicine
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
4
Adult medicine
128
129
88
44
35
12
2
8
(a)456
Anaesthesia
63
60
44
18
31
7
4
2
229
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
6
8
4
1
0
0
0
0
19
Dermatology
3
6
6
3
2
0
0
0
20
Emergency medicine
26
34
37
9
17
6
2
4
135
General practice - RACGP
322
243
325
97
144
35
23
27
1,216
General practice - ACRRM
9
5
31
4
6
4
3
1
63
Intensive care
19
16
9
1
1
3
0
0
(b)49
Medical administration
4
4
4
1
0
0
0
2
15
Obstetrics and gynaecology
25
20
14
4
10
4
2
2
81
Occupational and environmental medicine
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
4
Ophthalmology
12
7
3
2
1
0
0
0
(c)25
Paediatrics
39
44
30
9
15
5
1
2
(a)146
Palliative medicine
6
4
2
1
0
0
0
1
(a)16
Pathology
25
14
12
5
9
2
0
3
70
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
6
14
2
0
5
1
0
1
29
Psychiatry
42
41
27
8
8
1
1
8
136
Public health medicine
3
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
7
Radiation oncology
7
6
2
1
3
1
0
0
20
Radiodiagnosis
29
33
24
10
13
4
1
1
115
Rehabilitation medicine
15
6
3
1
1
0
0
0
26
Sexual health medicine
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
(a)3
Sport and exercise medicine
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
Surgery
70
63
32
20
24
3
3
2
217
Total
863
759
702
241
328
89
43
64
(d)3,103

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The distribution across states and territories of female new fellows followed a similar pattern to the distribution of all new fellows (Table 4.42).

Table 4.42: Female new fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2012
Medical specialty
NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Aust

(a) Australian totals differ from the sum of state/territory numbers due to the inclusion of new fellows who completed their training overseas.
(b) Excludes overseas trained specialists.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicine
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
Adult medicine
57
48
32
19
13
4
1
5
(a)182
Anaesthesia
27
26
16
6
15
2
1
2
95
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Dermatology
2
5
3
2
1
0
0
0
13
Emergency medicine
12
19
17
2
6
3
0
2
61
General practice - RACGP
170
128
146
54
72
19
15
14
618
General practice - ACRRM
2
2
11
1
1
2
1
20
Intensive care
5
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
7
Medical administration
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
2
7
Obstetrics and gynaecology
12
11
9
2
6
2
1
1
44
Occupational and environmental medicine
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
Ophthalmology
4
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
(b)7
Paediatrics
23
35
17
4
7
2
0
0
(a)94
Palliative medicine
4
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
(a)9
Pathology
19
6
5
1
6
1
0
1
39
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
3
7
2
0
2
0
0
1
15
Psychiatry
19
26
11
5
4
1
1
5
72
Public health medicine
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
Radiation oncology
4
3
1
0
1
0
0
0
9
Radiodiagnosis
8
13
8
2
3
1
0
1
36
Rehabilitation medicine
9
3
2
0
1
0
0
0
15
Sexual health medicine
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
Sport and exercise medicine
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
Surgery
10
12
10
4
6
0
0
0
42
Total
395
351
296
103
148
38
19
35
1,395

Trends

Table 4.43 shows that the number of new fellows increased by 38.7% between 2008 (2,259) and 2012 (3,134). General practice had the largest difference over the five years in terms of sheer numbers, with 438 more new fellows in 2012 than in 2008. There was also a large increase in the numbers of new fellows in adult medicine (153).

In terms of proportional increases, the number of new fellows in general practice was over two times (52.1%) higher in 2012 than in 2008, and adult medicine fellows increased by 50.5%. A number of other specialties showed significant increases across the five years, however, the numbers were small and fluctuated considerably.

Table 4.43: New fellows by medical specialty, 2008–2012
Medical specialty
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Change 2008-2012 (%)

(a) Totals for 2008 and 2009 have been changed to cover numbers of new fellows for sport and exercise medicine.
(b) Includes new fellows through SET program and overseas trained specialists that have been awarded fellowship.
(c) Total for 2009 revised to include addiction medicine.
(d) An additional 151 new fellows who live overseas joined the college in 2010.
(e) Excludes 96 new fellows awarded fellowship but living overseas.
(f) Excludes 2 new fellows currently living overseas.
(g) Includes 5 New Zealand and Hong Kong new fellows.
(h) Includes 10 new fellows trained overseas.
(i) Excludes 107 new fellows awarded fellowship but living overseas.
(j) Includes 13 overseas trained specialists.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicine
..
6
3
1
4
..
Adult medicine
303
397
346
362
456
50.5
Anaesthesia
234
197
243
223
229
-2.1
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
11
9
17
12
19
72.7
Dermatology
11
11
26
21
20
81.8
Emergency medicine
95
82
77
78
135
42.1
General practice - RACGP
819
928
(d)835
(e)1,037
(i)1,216
48.5
General practice - ACRRM
22
40
28
(f)38
63
186.4
Intensive care
62
63
60
50
63
1.6
Medical administration
10
9
18
(g)14
19
90.0
Obstetrics and gynaecology
63
57
82
90
81
28.6
Occupational and environmental medicine
11
11
5
2
4
-63.6
Ophthalmology
14
11
26
(h)29
(j)38
171.4
Paediatrics
114
116
91
102
146
28.1
Palliative medicine
..
8
6
7
16
..
Pathology
68
64
94
88
99
45.6
Psychiatry
147
125
154
131
136
-7.5
Public health medicine
13
12
15
4
7
-46.2
Radiation oncology
11
18
13
22
20
81.8
Radiodiagnosis
54
44
54
77
115
113.0
Rehabilitation medicine
21
13
22
23
26
23.8
Sexual health medicine
..
1
0
3
3
..
Sport and exercise medicine
5
1
1
3
2
-60.0
Surgery
171
(b)174
(b)184
(b)212
(b)217
26.9
Total(a)
2,259
(c)2,396
2,400
2,629
3,134
38.7

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Table 4.44 shows the states and territories in which new fellows resided.

Table 4.44: New fellows by state/territory, 2008–2012
NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Aust(a)

(a) 2009 and 2012 Australian totals differ from the sum of state/territory numbers due to the inclusion of new fellows who completed their training overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

2008
635
543
441
213
246
49
15
23
2,165
2009
620
548
471
196
225
47
25
41
2,285
2010
734
603
479
179
272
52
29
40
2,388
2011
742
713
603
198
241
45
31
41
2,614
2012
863
759
702
241
328
89
43
64
3,103
Increase
2008–2012 (%)
35.9
39.8
59.2
13.1
33.3
81.6
186.7
178.3
43.3

Overall the proportion of female new fellows has remained relatively constant over recent years, with around two-fifths of new fellows each year being female (Table 4.45). However, considerable variation is seen from year to year particularly with smaller specialties.

The number of new fellows reflects the numbers in training, with general practice, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology having a higher proportion of female new fellows each year, while surgery and intensive care generally have a far lower proportion of females each year.

Table 4.45: Proportion of female new fellows by medical specialty, 2008–2012
Medical specialty
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

(a) Includes new Australian fellows only.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicine
..
50.0
33.3
..
25.0
Adult medicine
41.6
35.8
37.6
37.0
39.9
Anaesthesia
35.0
29.4
32.5
31.8
41.5
Anaesthesia - pain medicine
9.1
33.3
29.4
33.3
15.8
Dermatology
90.9
90.9
53.8
57.1
65.0
Emergency medicine
36.8
36.6
44.2
34.6
45.2
General practice - RACGP
44.8
43.3
56.0
51.9
50.8
General practice - ACRRM
31.8
27.5
39.3
22.5
31.7
Intensive care
25.8
23.8
23.3
24.0
14.3
Medical administration
50.0
11.1
27.8
11.1
42.1
Obstetrics and gynaecology
62.1
62.5
56.6
63.3
54.3
Occupational and environmental medicine
45.5
9.1
20.0
0.0
50.0
Ophthalmology
35.7
36.4
30.8
15.8
28.9
Paediatrics
56.1
47.4
57.1
63.7
64.4
Palliative medicine
..
62.5
66.7
85.7
56.3
Pathology
51.5
46.9
47.6
59.3
55.7
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
..
..
48.4
37.9
51.7
Psychiatry
42.2
42.4
46.8
50.4
52.9
Public health medicine
69.2
58.3
53.3
71.4
57.1
Radiation oncology
36.4
44.4
53.8
50.0
45.0
Radiodiagnosis
25.9
40.9
24.1
29.9
31.3
Rehabilitation medicine
25.9
69.2
59.1
52.2
57.7
Sexual health medicine
..
100.0
3.0
100.0
33.3
Sport and exercise medicine
..
..
1.0
33.3
50.0
Surgery
15.2
(a)19.5
(a)14.1
(a)15.1
19.4
Total
41.0
39.0
44.0
43.8
44.7
Female new fellows
925
935
1,057
1,145
1,402

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While the proportion of female new fellows remained relatively stable overall at around two-fifths of all new fellows over the period 2008 to 2012, the picture varied more at the state/territory level (Table 4.46). Most of this variation is due to fluctuations in relatively smaller numbers seen in some jurisdictions.

Table 4.46: Proportion of female new fellows by state/territory, 2008–2012
NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Aust

Source: Medical colleges

2008
41.1
41.4
41.3
36.6
41.5
38.8
40.0
52.2
40.9
2009
41.3
42.7
37.8
42.3
40.0
61.7
44.0
34.1
39.2
2010
42.9
47.9
42.0
36.9
44.5
46.2
65.5
42.5
44.1
2011
44.5
47.7
41.1
41.9
35.7
60.0
29.0
53.7
43.8
2012
45.8
46.2
42.2
42.7
45.1
42.7
44.2
54.7
44.7

New Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges

A number of the larger medical colleges have also provided data on new fellows, broken down by subspecialty. Obstetrics and gynaecology, pathology, physician (adult and paediatrics and child health) and surgical subspecialties are presented in Table 4.47 to Table 4.51.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Subspecialties

Table 4.47: Obstetrics and gynaecology subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2012
Subspecialty
(a)New fellows
Female new fellows
Proportion female (%)

(a) Does not include new fellows who are still training in the subspecialty (see Table 4.26). Includes only those that completed their subspecialty training in 2012.

Source: RANZCOG

Obstetrics and gynaecology ultrasound
0
0
..
Maternal and fetal medicine
3
0
0.0
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
4
3
75.0
Gynaecological oncology
3
3
100.0
Urogynaecology
1
0
0.0
Total
11
6
54.6

Pathology Subspecialties

Table 4.48: Pathology subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2012
Subspecialty
New fellows
Female new fellows
Proportion female
(%)

Source: RCPA

Anatomical pathology
46
24
52.2
Chemical pathology
5
2
40.0
Forensic pathology
2
2
100.0
Haematology
27
13
48.1
Immunopathology
7
5
71.4
Microbiology
7
5
71.4
Genetic pathology
2
1
50.0
General pathology
2
2
100.0
Oral and maxillofacial pathology
1
0
0.0
Total
99
54
54.5

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Physician Adult Medicine Subspecialties

Table 4.49: Physician adult medicine subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2012
Subspecialty
(a)New fellows
(a)Female new fellows
Proportion female
(%)

(a) The numbers in this column do not include those that were admitted as an overseas trained physician.

Source: RACP

Cardiology
62
15
24.2
Clinical genetics
1
1
100.0
Clinical pharmacology
1
0
0.0
Endocrinology
31
21
67.7
Endocrinology and chemical pathology
0
0
..
Gastroenterology and hepatology
34
8
23.5
General medicine
29
14
48.3
Geriatric medicine
37
18
48.6
Haematology
29
9
31.0
Immunology and allergy
9
4
44.4
Infectious diseases
12
6
50.0
Infectious diseases and microbiology
6
3
50.0
Intensive care medicine
7
0
0.0
Medical oncology
45
20
44.4
Nephrology
24
10
41.7
Neurology
24
12
50.0
Nuclear medicine
5
3
60.0
Palliative medicine
8
6
75.0
Respiratory and sleep medicine
32
9
28.1
Rheumatology
13
7
53.8
Total
409
166
40.6

Physician Paediatric Subspecialties

Table 4.50: Physician paediatric and child health subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2012
Subspecialty
(a)New fellows
(a)Female new fellows
Proportion female
(%)

(a) The numbers in this column do not include those that were admitted as an overseas trained physician.

Source: RACP

Cardiology
2
1
50.0
Clinical genetics
4
3
75.0
Clinical pharmacology
0
0
..
Community child health
5
5
100.0
Endocrinology
3
2
66.7
Gastroenterology
4
0
..
General paediatrics
72
49
68.1
Haematology
1
0
..
Immunology and allergy
0
0
..
Infectious diseases
1
1
100.0
Intensive care medicine
1
0
..
Medical oncology
4
2
50.0
Neonatal/perinatal medicine
16
9
56.3
Nephrology
1
1
100.0
Neurology
2
2
100.0
Nuclear medicine
0
0
..
Paediatric emergency medicine
3
1
33.3
Palliative medicine
0
0
..
Respiratory and sleep medicine
4
3
75.0
Rheumatology
0
0
..
Total
123
79
64.2

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Surgical Subspecialties

Table 4.51: Surgical subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2012
Subspecialty
New fellows
Female new fellows
Proportion female
(%)

Source: RACS

Cardiothoracic surgery
6
1
16.7
General surgery
85
26
30.6
Neurosurgery
8
0
0.0
Orthopaedic surgery
49
1
2.0
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
17
6
35.3
Paediatric surgery
5
2
40.0
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
22
1
4.5
Urology
18
3
16.7
Vascular surgery
7
2
28.6
Total
217
42
19.4